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HCA nurses to strike over staffing cuts and PPE shortages

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Modern Healthcare

June 23, 2020

HCA nurses to strike over staffing cuts and PPE shortages

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urses and support staff at HCA Healthcare, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S., plan to strike Friday in protest over cuts and concessions the corporation is pushing on front-line healthcare workers as the coronavirus continues to spread nationwide.

The Guardian and KHN have so far identified reports of 679 front-line healthcare workers who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. amid continuing reports of long hours and shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE)....

...Hospital staffs have regularly reused masks and gowns throughout the pandemic, McIntosh explained, creating another layer of stress for healthcare workers....

"When the pandemic hit, I thought HCA, our hospital, would be revving up the resources, that we would have more resources, more staff, but unfortunately it was the opposite. They started making cuts, and we're working with skeleton crews," McIntosh added. "We're being cut to the bare minimum."...

https://www.modernhealthcare.com/labor/hca-nurses-strike-over-staffing-cuts-and-PPE-shortages

From the article:

"The corporation made over $7 billion in profits over the past two years, and HCA CEO Sam Hazen received $27 million in total compensation in 2019, his first year in the position. Hazen and other executives reportedly took pay cuts in 2020, citing the pandemic, but based on his 2019 salary the cut equates to less than 1% of his total compensation."

Typical unsustainable business model rewarded for insolvency while we the people struggle and die.

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

Good for them! 👏

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

I saw this yesterday. It's pretty interesting.